An All Terrain crane has overturned at a BOC bulk tank refurbishment centre in Leyland, Lancashire.
We have few details of the incident, apart from a photograph we have received, taken from the road outside. The crane, one of two four axle cranes that are based with the company that operates the site, looks to have completely flipped over onto its back.
We have no reports of anyone being hurt in the incident, although the operator would clearly have suffered from shock, bruises and possibly cuts. While crane experts Ainscough Training and Ainscough Crane Hire do have locations on the trading estate, but neither of them were involved with this incident.
We now have confirmation that the crane involved is an Ainscough Vanguard All Terrain that was set up with outrigger beams fully retracted, and seemingly with the jacks also retracted, so that the crane was free on wheels. With full counterweight in place and the boom elevated to its maximum, it was inevitable that slewing over the side would cause the crane to become back heavy and to tip rearward, which is precisely what appears to have occurred.